Latest launch information:28th April 2021
Swanage’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked in the early hours of Wednesday morning to assist a 30’ yacht in difficulties 3Nm SW of St Albans Head. The yacht’s engine wasn’t functioning correctly and with very little wind the skipper of the yacht was struggling against the strong ebb tide. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the casualty vessel a little over 20 minutes later. Two crew members were put aboard and after a discussion with the skipper it was decided to tow the yacht to Weymouth with the tide. The towline was rigged and good speed was made towards Weymouth. As the two boats got closer to the harbour Weymouth inshore lifeboat came out to take over the tow and the Swanage volunteers were released and able to return to Swanage arriving back on their slipway at 5:24am.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:02:08
- Recovery time:05:24
- Location:3Nm SW St Albans Head
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Andy Redout
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Swanage Lifeboat Station is one of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI is a charity and relies on voluntary contributions from the public to keep its lifeboats at sea. At Swanage we have two lifeboats, an All Weather ‘Shannon’ class lifeboat and a ‘D-Class’ inshore lifeboat. We have a volunteer crew comprising 30 sea going crew and four shore crew who launch and recover the boats.
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